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Yemen: Emergency Response Fund - September 2014

The ERF allocated US$7,077,766 to 20 new projects during August and September 2014. Ten of the projects were towards high priority under-funded priorities of the 2014 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). The other ten funded projects responded to urgent lifesaving needs due to conflict in Amran and Al Jawf Governorates, representing 54% of the ERF funds allocation made during the period.

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Dozens killed in fresh Yemen clashes

Sanaa, Yémen | AFP | Monday 10/20/2014 - 18:19 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

At least 60 people were killed in Yemen as clashes raged between Shiite rebels and Al-Qaeda militants backed by Sunni tribesmen battling for territory in the strife-hit country, sources said Monday.

The rebels, known as Huthis, have been facing fierce resistance from Al-Qaeda fighters and tribesmen as they seek to expand their areas of control after seizing the capital Sanaa and the Red Sea port city of Hudeida.

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Breaking Social Barriers to Reach Marginalized Communities

TAIZ, 15 October, 2013 - In an unprecedented move, UNICEF Yemen along with government partners today launched a package of social protection interventions targeting the Muhamasheen communities in Taiz. The muhamasheen represent the dark skinned Yemenis who are locally referred to as ‘Akdam’. The launch event included a presentation of the results of the first ever household survey on Muhamasheen communities reaching some 10,000 households in nine districts in the Taiz Governorate. This served as a critical baseline for social inclusion of these marginalized communities.

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UNICEF Renews Calls for the Release of staff member James Massaquoi

SANA’A, 15th October 2014 - More than one year ago, Engineer James Conrad Massaquoi, an international staff member, was kidnapped in Sana’a on Sunday 6th October 2013, by unknown armed men. James, who works for UNICEF as a Water and Sanitation Specialist, has not been seen or heard from ever since. James is an ordinary person like most of us who worked hard in his life and came all the way to use his knowledge and expertise to help children of Yemen

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IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

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United Nations Development Group affirms support for Arab Region at a “turning point”

Amman, 14 October – Today the regional leadership of the United Nations Development Group met in Amman and confirmed its support for the Arab States, Middle East and North Africa region at the critical juncture it faces.

“We meet today at a turning point, between progress and crisis, between development and regression, between a brighter future and a darkness that is terrible to contemplate,” said Sima Bahous, Chair of the Regional United Nations Development Group. “We come together today to ensure that this turning point we face, is a turning point for the better.”

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Yemen's Houthis dismantle Sanaa airport road camp, gunmen remain

Source: Reuters - Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:19 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Mohammed Ghobari

SANAA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Yemen's Shi'ite Houthi group dismantled a protest camp blocking the country's main airport in Sanaa on Sunday, authorities said, but was keeping its fighters on the streets of the recently seized capital.

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Shiite-Sunni clashes leave 20 dead in Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Friday 10/17/2014 - 16:56 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

Shiite rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with Sunni tribesmen and Al-Qaeda militants on Friday in violence that left 20 people dead, officials said.

Twelve Shiite rebels and eight tribesmen died in a battle for control of the predominantly-Sunni provincial capital Ibb which the rebels overran earlier this week, local government officials told AFP.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review: Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

There has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths than in the last three years combined.

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Attacks during Eid leave 95 dead

Yemen Times

Published on 14 October 2014 in News
Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

SANA’A, Oct. 12—A number of attacks around Yemen last week left at least 95 Yemenis dead and 110 injured.

The attacks occurred in the governorates of Sana’a, Al-Baida, Hadramout, and Taiz.

A total of 37 soldiers were killed and 38 injured between Oct. 4 and 11. Fifty-eight citizens affiliated with the Houthis—ranging from armed rebels manning checkpoints to unarmed children and mere supporters of the group’s goals—were killed and 70 injured.

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Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #5 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014


  • In September, clashes in Sana’a between al-Houthi militants and government forces resulted in an estimated 270 fatalities and displaced populations.

  • The U.N. estimates that 14.7 million people in Yemen require humanitarian assistance.

  • USAID/FFP provides $70 million to support food assistance operations in Yemen.


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Qaeda seizes Yemen town to counter advancing rebels

10/16/2014 - 12:12 GMT

by Hammoud MOUNASSAR

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants have captured a town in southwest Yemen in a deadly attack seen as a countermove to advances by Shiite rebels sweeping across the strife-hit country.

Rival groups are seeking to exploit a power vacuum in impoverished Yemen, which has been in a political deadlock since the Huthi Shiite rebels took control of the capital Sanaa last month.

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World Food Day 2014: Supporting Family Farming

World Food Day is recognized every October 16th to bring awareness to global hunger. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that worldwide more than 800 million people are suffering from chronic hunger and under-nourishment. This year’s theme “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth” brings attention to the important role that small farmers play in the larger context of national food security. According to the FAO, more than 98% of the farms in the world are family farms.

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UNICEF Yemen Situation Report September 2014

Key focus: Conflict in the Capital, Sana’a


  • Around 75,000 children in Sana’a had their education disrupted as their schools were in or around the conflict zones. Escalation of conflicts led to the suspension of all schools in the city.
  • 27,840 children are benefiting from the distribution of 9,280 benches and tables to the 32 Global Partnership for Education (GPE) schools in Sa’ada, Sana’a, Mareb and Aden Governorates

Situation Overview

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Global Food Security Update - Issue 15, October 2014


The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In conflict-affected south sudan, the food security situation is much worse than at harvest time in a typical year. Around 1.5 million people are expected to remain in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency) through December 2014.

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Yemen Shiite rebels expand control as south seeks breakaway

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Tuesday 10/14/2014 - 15:27 GMT


by Hammoud MOUNASSAR

Yemeni Shiite rebels seized a strategic port city Tuesday to widen their fast-expanding zone of control, hours after a new premier was named in a bid to defuse the country's political crisis.

And with the weakening of central authority, battered by the rebels' seizure of Sanaa last month, southern separatists were stepping up their demands for independence.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.